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The Night Eternal

(The Strain Trilogy #3)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  24,880 Ratings  ·  2,087 Reviews
It's been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master—an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters—Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martine ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 13th 2011)
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Nov 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one because it sucks
I am amazed that a series which started so well with The Strain ended so badly. The second book was disappointing, but sometimes the middle book of a trilogy is, but The Night Eternal is simply awful. Mostly I was bored because not much happened in the book. Not only is it not scary or interesting, but it didn't make any kind of logical sense, and yes, even vampire apocalyptic novels should follow some sort of logic. So much is wrong with this novel I'm not sure where to start. Let's see. First, ...more
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Disappointing end. Not just the ending of the trilogy but the whole book. It tasted so different if compared with the predecessors. I don't even know where to start pointing out the things I dislike from this book. The archangels and Sodom & Gomora & Old Testament tales are so ridiculous I spent much time frowning and shaking my head. Too much deus ex machina here and there. Why can't the authors make an original tale of the vampire creation? And
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great cataclysmic finale to a story of biblical proportions, a story thats unearths a history as old as mankind.
A father and a son separated across the Atlantic, are two important characters in this third and grand finale of a book. The father Dr Ephraim Goodweather, once a prominent epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has a very important role, for the end of times is near either for the humans or the vampire race. For some reason, which will be unveiled in th
Feb 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I've ever read. Be warned, the following is full of spoilers!

This book is FULL of plot holes - like suddenly, an epidemiologist is a freaking ninja, able to wield a sword against tens of vampires at the same time (even though said vampires have 6-foot long stingers, so...). The vampire blood is now caustic (since when??) and vampires frow wattles (???) even though the Ancients didn't have these...

Also, apparently the UK is largely vampire-free, due to being an island. FYI,
Mar 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
My original review is below. I revisited this book and, though I thought it impossible, my loathing has only grown. I now hate this book and the catastrophic end it brought more than Donald Trump hates our President. More than the Kardashians hate privacy. More than hippies hate soap. More than children hate broccoli. This book is an abomination that made me stupider to read it. This book is a tragedy filled with faux mystical nonsense that the hack writers of the Left Behind series would feel a ...more
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
The third book is... absolute bull. The only reason I kept reading is because I kind of wanted to know how it ends, but more importantly – so I can record the bull and put it in my review!

So get this. You know how Chernobyl crashed like 40 years ago, and you STILL need permits to go there, and there are STILL areas that are totally off limits cause they're very dangerous? Well, apparently, this is not the way nuclear waste works in the universe of The Strain. There are going to be spoilers n
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η επικράτηση του Αφέντη έφερε τη βασιλεία του σκοταδιού και την ανατροπή της φυσικής τάξης μέρας και νύχτας. Τίποτε δεν είναι το ίδιο σε έναν κόσμο που ο ήλιος έχει χαθεί πίσω από ένα αδιαπέραστο πέπλο στάχτης, σε ένα ρημαγμένο περιβάλλον που αποτελεί πια τον ιδανικό βιότοπο για βαμπίρ. Η μοίρα του ανθρώπινου είδους έχει προδιαγραφεί, το ίδιο και ο πολιτισμός του. Ο κόσμος γέμισε ξανά στρατόπεδα συγκέντρωσης και ανθρωποφύλακες.

Το τρίτο και τελευταίο μέρος της τριλογίας The Strain εκτυλίσσεται σ
Book 3 The Night Eternal of The Strain trilogy resumes with the resistance and The Born (Mr. Quinlan) out to find and destroy The Master at his site of origin, but there is a traitor among them and another with his own agenda....

While there is a bit more history and background information than necessary on how "it" all began in this finale, it was still full of action and very entertaining if you like this genre and accept it for what it is.

The ending was not exactly what I had hoped for, (view

Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian-sci-fi
The Strain Trilogy is comprised of three separate volumes published between 2009 and 2011: The Strain (2009); The Fall (2010); and The Night Eternal (2011). Written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, it chronicles a vampiric takeover of the world and the efforts of a band of humans to resist.

The trilogy as a whole is entertaining. Certainly not with great literary quality but it will make, under Guillermo del Toro’s direction, a heart-stopping movie. The writing is not bad. I presume that th
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Night Eternal: the final installation in the Strain Trilogy. As the title may tell you, you’re in for a very dark and desolate journey. I will keep this short and sweet as much of this novel needs to be experienced firsthand, instead of through a review.

The Storyline
As the story opens, Dr. Ephraim (Eph) Goodweather is still reeling from the loss of his son, Zachary. Due to the vampire nature, his mother Kelly came back for him after she had already
Leah Polcar
After reading book two, I concluded that perhaps my love of The Strain was a result of hatred of friendly (and sparkly) vampires and being read by Ron Perleman. I can't rule out the former, but the lack of Perleman did not lessen my enjoyment of The Night Eternal . It is always difficult for me to know how to review books that are continuations of a series since by book three it is likely unfair to evaluate whether the book can stand alone. In fact, who would expect it to? Listening/reading 2 h ...more
Димитър Цолов
Реалната ми оценка за трилогията "Напаст" е някъде ~ 3,5. Щеше ми се апокалиптичната картина, в която вампирите стават владетели на света, да има по-голям размах (спомнете си какво стори с един грипен вирус чичо Кинг в "Сблъсък"), но не би... Главният герой Еф Гудуедър за две години (толкова е времевият интервал между втората и третата книга) се бе превърнал в алкохолизиран мухльо, чак ми идеше да скокна до опустошения Ню Йорк и да му забърша няколко шамара; действието вървеше по холивудски клиш ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've read through a few of the negative reviews about this final book in the trilogy, and although I saw some valid points, I didn't see anything to sway me from giving this book a good rating.

I enjoyed the entire trilogy and the last book was very good, IMHO. It was a page-turner with plenty of action and intrigue, and I enjoyed the biblical implications (whereas others didn't). I liked how the authors explained the rising of the first vampires. It was uniquely different from what we've heard i
Παναγιώτης Δεληγιάννης
Η μυθοπλασια φανταστική. Τα πολλά μικρά λαθακια που οδηγουσαν σε ατοπα, δεν εξηγηθηκαν στο τρίτο μέρος της τριλογίας.
"The vampires have established themselves at top of the food chain, Tescos is out, express blood banks are in. Humans are now the cattle."

I found myself rooting for Eph to kick the Masters arse towards the end. What a blaze of glory the ending had. I know, I know, I've said several times how dull this novel is, how much it borrows from Del Toro's other works and genres. I couldn't help it. Damn it, I feel somehow, tainted.

Anyway, so The Night Eternal is the last in Del Toro and Hogan's The Stra
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am a HUGE vampire fan (real vampires, not those glittery pieces of crap that are in those dumb ass twilight books), and found this series to be a great read. I like the twist on the traditional vampire story with some old legendy stuff thrown in.

In my life I have bought less than a dozen brand new books in hardcover (when they first came out) and this series (after reading the first book) was one in which I just couldn't wait for the paperback version to come out because I had to buy it. I ra
Angel Gelique
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe it's over...! With a satisfying ending, this last book of "The Strain" trilogy did not let me down...except by ending! It was thoroughly suspenseful--the last twenty percent or so really had me at the edge of my seat. No spoilers from me, but wow...I didn't expect that ending! Now I can't wait for the television series that's expected to air this summer on FX. I hope it will closely mirror the book, unlike many other series based on books.

Again, I highly recommend this amazing se
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
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This series was a rollercoaster ride! I loved to read this series together with Zwaantina.

I can tell you this; it's a unique series in the vampire-themed books. I loved the fact that del Toro and Hogan weren't scared to make the world in this book AWEFUL. I wouldn't want to live there.

The book really builds up to an ending that could go either way. I felt like the world was lost forever, and a "good" ending wasn't possible in my opinion.

Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of vampires, horror
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Two years have passed since the fall of The Night Eternal. The Master has consolidated his control over humanity by the wholesale slaughter of the leaders, the intelligentsia, the scientists – anyone who might challenge his supremacy – and of those who are elderly or infirm or otherwise incapable of being contributing members of society. In the meantime, humans are controlled by the vampi
Rick Urban
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I will add my voice to the chorus who found this final book in the Strain Trilogy to be a great disappointment. One of my major complaints regards the Biblical origin story that Guillermo and Hogan have concocted, since it cheapens one of the great premises on which the original book rests: that the vampires have a detailed, real-world biology. Additionally, the plot is sloppily constructed, as with the chapter that, late in the game, describes how Eph's son is developing OCD; in no previous cha ...more
Книжни Криле
Радиоактивни облаци потапят света във „Вечната нощ”. Вампирските орди на Господаря властват навред. Хората, доскоро удобно настанени на върха на хранителната верига, сега се превръщат в добитък. Малкото, които не са затворени във лагерите за добив на кръв са на ръба на съществуването. Малцина все още имат сили и воля да продължават да се борят. Бруталната хорър трилогия „Напаст” на Гийермо дел Торо и Чък Хоган (изд. „Студио Арт Лайн”) е към своя край, но нищо не подсказва че той ще е щастлив! Пр ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires-witches
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Adam Light
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, series, own-it, e-book
This is the 3rd installment in The Strain trilogy.
Once again we fjnd the ragged, but slowly diminishing, band of survivors fighging a seemingly insurmountable legion of blood sucking evil led by the hellish Master.
This was extremely engaginf and well written and rounded out the series perfectly.
On the whole, the trilogy was also very entertaining, and I would recommend it to anyone who is tired of vampire cliches, as this story creates an interesting new take on the tried and true formula. And t
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente historia, mantiene el suspenso hasta el final, aunque un par d capítulos antes d que termine se va adivinando.
Pero para mi opinión esta bien ese final, lástima por algunos personajes principales (q no voy a poner cuales son xa no spoilear)
Me alegra q esa hdp d Kelly al fin se muera.
Y nada más. Muy buena saga, disfrute de la lectura d los tres libros. Atrapante, intrigante y mantiene el suspenso todo el tiempo.
Marko Radosavljevic
Da zaboravim zoran kraj i neiskorišćene ideje, tri ipo je solidna ocena. Beše interesantna vožnja
Fausto Arellano
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que mejor manera de terminar una saga de esta clase, que no sea con un libro de este nivel.
No mucho que decir, una obra increíble, todo y más de lo que esperaba de un autor como este.
Todo lo más horrible a imaginar de una saga de vampiros, está aquí.
Si eres admirador del cine de Guillermo del Toro, dale una oportunidad y notarás el maestro que es.
Daniel Duron
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
"The Night Eternal", the end of the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan is a fine read. Taken on it's own, it's actually quite a good novel about a post-apocalyptic New York City ruled by the iron first of an ancient vampire. However, when the two novels of the trilogy that preceded this one are taken into consideration, it is quite obvious that this is the weakest of the three.

Still, one cannot overlook the good and what this book does good, it does quite well; for instance, th
Perry Gough
A strong start to this book but eventually took a turn where it kind of became abit like Lost.

This series has been a mixed bag and although the series was enjoyable at times it just came across as abit silly. I did kind of space these books out abit too much reading one each year so at times it took me a few chapters to kind of remember what happened to certain characters.

The vampires in this series are without a doubt 'The Reapers' from Blade 2 and is even co-written by the Del Toro who directe
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, vampires
I don't have much to say about the third book in this trilogy, except to say that it really loses steam. I loved the first two books, but this one barely held my interest long enough to finish it. And it ended the way I thought it would with a generic feeling survivors epilogue. I'm glad it's over so I can start something more entertaining.
Scott Rhee
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s sci-fi vampire trilogy The Strain started off really strong with the first book, “The Strain”. It kind of lost some steam in the second book, “The Fall”.

I was hoping that they saved the best for last with the third book, “The Night Eternal”, that it would blow me away with the epic global vampire-human battle for which they seemed to be setting up.

It didn’t blow me away, honestly.

It kind of made me wish that the book would just end. Okay, that sounds bad,
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